148 Tasting Notes

97

5th steep – so bizarre that I still can’t decide if I love it. My partner, on the other hand, can’t get enough.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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97

I forgot to log the first steep, so this is for the second steep.
I have never tried a bi luo chun green before, and the flavor is fascinating. It’s not like any green I’ve tried before. There’s a bit of the pan-roasted flavor I expect in a chinese green, along with a lot of fruit that my (unsophisticated) palate can’t quite place. In addition it has a buttery/oil flavor.

I’m fascinated by this flavor. I haven’t decided if I love it yet, but it’s definitely complex.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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99

General note to describe the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th steeping: still an amazing oolong. The 2nd steeping made my partner say “I didn’t know tea could taste this good”.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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99

Wow, so delicious. I was lucky to get some fantastic teas for my birthday, and this was one of them. The aroma from this tea, both in the bag and after steeping, is rich, floral, and sweet. It has that incredible mouth feel where it seems like your mouth is watering after you take a sip. I am so excited to do a 2nd steeping on this tea and I’m positive I’ll be very sad when I run out!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Helena

happy birthday!

Claire

Thank you! :)

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First off, thank you Epi Tea for the sample!

It was serene, but I didn’t taste any chai. The flavor was a bit on the weak side and reminded me of average bagged black tea. I got a hint of creaminess out of it and keep wondering where all the spice flavor is.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Body + Mind White Tea by Teavana
148 tasting notes

I’m not usually into jasmine teas, but this was a tasty cup. The taste was mellow and everything blended well together. It soothed the savage beast of waiting in line at the doctor’s office.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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34

It might just be where I had this, but man, I would not drink this every day. Meh verging on the border of blech.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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75

I love English and Irish breakfast teas, especially on the strong side. This had a nice smoky flavor and a bit of maltiness, but I didn’t get the POW from it that I love in an Irish breakfast tea. The flavor was delicate, not strong.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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85

Thank you Epi Tea for the samples! I am so excited to try the rest of them after this.

This was a beautiful steep, the leaves began to unfold and the water turned color as soon as I put in the pyramid tea bag. The flavor is mellow, a hint of cream, lavender, and bergamot. This is a delicious and smooth earl grey!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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83
drank Oolong Tea by Yamamotoyama
148 tasting notes

This tea is so decent for the price, and for being a bagged tea. It has a great smoky/malty flavor, and like K S said you can oversteep it and no problem. I once let a cup of this go an extra 6 minutes while I was prepping dinner, and no harm done.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
hannabling

Thanks Claire. I bought this tea based on your recommendation this week.

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I mostly drink straight tea, and some of my favorites are green teas and oolongs. I almost always have some sencha and tieguanyin in my tea cupboard (and if I run out, awesome, an excuse to buy tea). I do like some flavored teas, but can’t stand really sugary stuff so if it’s very sweet I probably won’t like it. I can’t drink milk so all my reviews are of tea without milk and sugar!
I’ve been getting into puerh the last few months.

Outside of Steepster I’m an English Lit major, and will FINALLY be graduating after the Fall 2013 semester. After that I plan on applying for graduate school to obtain a Master’s in Library Science. Currently I work as a student assistant in the Archives and Special Collections department of my school’s library.
I also like reading (of course) and playing video games when I have time for them.

I’m happy to send samples to anyone in the US or Canada. Just ask. :)

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